Perama Boat Trip - All the Details

Trip Start Jun 01, 2007
Trip End Jun 01, 2008

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Perama boat trip:
We got picked up at 9 am on the Tuesday morning by Bus and joined 14 other backpackers taking the boat trip. The first day was spent bussing east across Lombok to the port on the other side of the island. We stopped off in yet another pattery village on the way (we're both experts at this stage!) and also the Perama boat yard where they gave us tea and showed us the new Peram boat. Very exciting stuff!
Eventually we get to the boat in the late afternoon and set off in nice calm waters. Our first stop was 'Perama island". They have set up a kind of base on an uninhabitted island with beach volleyball, hammocks, showers and a big BBQ area. All of their boat trips stop here for a BBQ on their trips. We had a few hours to kill here. Snorkling was amazing, the coral is really fantastic and the water is so clear. We also wandered aroudn the island, made a few sandcastles, wrote names with shells on the beach. Again nothing too stressful. In the evening the crew cooked up a big BBQ of Tuna, rice, prawn crackers, noodles etc. All went down a treat with a few beers everyone kind of got to no eachother on the boat. After the BBQ we all had a sing song. Indonesians are big into their music and dancing. On every boat/ferry/bus there's always someone with a guitar and bongos and there are loads of impromptu sessiuns. We even finished off the night with a traditional dance which was kind of like line dancing. It was a good laugh and the dance seemed to go on until all the tourists had dropped out.
After drinking and eating our fill we headed back to the boat which would sail overnight along the north coast of Sumbawa. We had paid to sleep on a mattress on the deck in the 'Thousand star hotel" as they called it. As the seas got rougher and the wind got stronger the fear started to set in. I spent the night making my way up and down the stairs to the jacks. At the time I thought it was sea sickness but later after a few of us got sick we realised we had got a dose of food poisoning from the tuna. It was one of the worse nights of my life. (Like the night half of Rosemount got sick from the water bottles at training!).Sandra was sleeping like a log throughout. The next morning there was a trip ashore to swim in a salt water lake and do a bit of beach bumming. Only about half got off though with the other half trying to catch up on sleep lost the night before. The rest of that day was spent sailing with all out on deck sunning or sleeping. The scenery was beautiful and the sea was very calm because we were just offshore Sumbawa.That evening everyone had brightened up a little and all made it to shore for two hours snorkling. Again it was great. I got to swim for about 10 minutes with a family of squid. Back to the boat then for dinner and another overnight sail.
After sleeping well most were up early the next morning. I was mad to go and had two coffees in me before sunrise. It was worth it boz it was amazing. We arrived later that morning on Komodo, home of the World's largest lizard. We did an hour and half trek in the national park and saw 3 of them. They looked lazy and slow but apparently mover very fast when their hunting deer. You'd never think it. After Komodo we did some more sailing in beautiful scenerey and sunshine. The whole area around all of the islands here has been designated a national wildlife marinepark. Our next stop was Red Beach on Rinca island. Again the waters/coral were unbelieveable and teeming with lidlife. We finished the trip that evening arriving in Lubuanbajo at 5pm or so. We wandered around for an hour or two looking for accomodation for the night. The place was a complete kp and expensive compared to Lombok. We ended up getting a room with no sheets on the beds, had no shower, a squat toilet and was infested with mosquitoes. Accomodation on Flores wasnt the best at all. But, after a few nights at the thousand star hotel a bed was a bed.
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